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Honda develops new fluoride-ion battery with NASA

A team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Honda Research Institute have developed a new fluoride-ion battery. In a paper, snappily titled "Room-temperature cycling of metal fluoride electrodes: Liquid electrolytes for high-energy fluoride ion cells", just published in the journal Science, the team, led by Victoria Davis, claims to have created a new type of fluoride-ion battery that works at room temperature...

2017/18 Honda Civic Type R recalled

Honda has recalled the 2017-18 Civic Type R, over concerns about the owner's manual. In one of the stranger recalls we've covered, some cars may have been supplied with an owner's manual missing certain required information. In other cars, the manual might not have been supplied at all...

2019 Honda CR-V VTi-S will get AEB from January

Honda Australia has announced it will add the Honda Sensing technology suite – incorporating assistance features like autonomous emergency and adaptive cruise control – to the 2019 CR-V VTi-S from the start of next year. The move means the active safety equipment will be standard fit on every all-wheel drive variant (the other being the flagship VTi-LX) of the top-selling CR-V locally from January 1, though it's still limited to two variants out of six...

2019 Honda HR-V Sport: Turbo SUV revealed for the UK - UPDATE

Honda UK has revealed and detailed the 2019 HR-V Sport, a new version of the company's compact SUV that is scheduled to go on sale in the first half of next year. UPDATE, 30/11/18: Honda Australia has again ruled out the introduction of the 1.5-litre turbo engine for local HR-V models...

2019 Honda Passport unveiled

The new Honda Passport has been unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show, set to slot between the CR-V and Pilot. If it looks a little familiar, you don't need to get your eyes checked. The Passport is essentially a shortened version of the three-row Pilot sold in the States with more black plastic and less chrome...

Honda Civic Type R meets S2000 on track - video

The latest Honda Civic Type R has already established itself as one of the meanest, quickest hatchbacks going around – then again, it would want to be, given its storied lineage. Along with a history of quick, front-drive hatchbacks, Honda has the S2000 in its back catalogue. Sure, it's a rear-wheel drive convertible, but the idea of putting one head-to-head with the latest Type R is still tasty...

2019 Honda Urban EV spied

The production version of the Honda Urban EV has been spied for the first time, as the car begins its transition from show-car darling to real-world ready hatchback. When the Urban EV concept was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Honda confirmed it would head into production from 2019 as its first mass-produced electric car for all markets outside of China...

Civic Type R v Defender V8 drag race - video

The Honda Civic Type R has already proven itself performance king among front-drive hot hatches, so now it's looking for bigger fish to fry. In what's one of the weirdest match-ups in drag race history, Top Gear has lined up the UK-built hatch against a Land Rover Defender – what?! However, this isn't just any Land Rover Defender, in fact, it's the 297kW/515Nm Defender Works V8, a bespoke version of the iconic off-roader created by Jaguar Land Rover to commemorate the model's 70th anniversary...

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid revealed for Europe

Honda Europe has revealed the new 2019 CR-V Hybrid, which along with the regular range has been detailed for the region. While the new-generation CR-V has been on sale in Australia for some time, Europe has been waiting up until now – it's worth noting our vehicles are sourced from Thailand, while European models are made in the UK...

2019 Honda Passport teased, not for Australia - UPDATE

The Honda Passport crossover has been teased ahead of its full debut later this month at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show. The Passport is expected to sit between the CR-V and Pilot in size and price, with space for five inside. As such, it will face off against the Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Edge in the American market...

Civic Type R v i30 N v Megane RS drag race - video

While the small hot hatch segment is bursting at the seams these days, but three recently-released models stick out as driver's picks – the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30 N, and Renault Megane RS. Britain's Top Gear pits these three front-drive manual hot hatches against each other in a new video posted on YouTube, to see which is fastest in a straight line...